what with the tablet hype?

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#1 Edited by quebec946 (1311 posts) -

what with the tablet craze lately? they're godawfully overrated,i had an xperia tablet z and i got rid of it because of how bad and awkward the usability was, and felt like just a 10 inch smartphone, i cant believe this overhyped piece of dog crap is killing the pc market and killed the netbook i just hope at some point the tablet industry will crash like the video game industry with e.t. they're too much of them, they're no quality control over it and the games apps are just bad flash games that all look the same with overpriced pay to win microtransaction, the tablet industry is a total disaster and a serious threat for non casual users and pc lovers the only reason it a sucess it because steve jobs brainwashed the public to believe it a pc killer,almost everything a tablet does, the netbook or small laptop did it much better and for less. overall the tablet is ultimatly the most overrated electronic device of the 21st century.

#2 Posted by MonsieurX (26946 posts) -

Feeling better after the rant?

#3 Posted by Arthas045 (4860 posts) -

Its just easy and convenient for people really. I don't have one because of my phone, but if I need anything for games etc I just use my phone instead of alt tabbing out of a game or having to go into another room if I am on a console.

I turn it on and boom results.

#4 Posted by jun_aka_pekto (14744 posts) -

I use my Android tablet to check email, light web surfing, and watch videos when I'm out with the wife shopping. I play a few games on it as well. They're okay for the light stuff.

#5 Posted by PredatorRules (6436 posts) -

What do you prefer, walking down the house with a laptop or a tablet? Asking by "you" means family who don't seat in front of a computer all day long =)

#6 Posted by James161324 (8314 posts) -

I own an ipad. It has it place. I love being able to carry something at just a pound to class, or were ever i need it. Desktop + tablet equals the best of both worlds

#7 Edited by Gaming-Planet (13443 posts) -

It's very convenient for the casual user. Youtube, email, facebook, twitter, casual games. etc

All of that is changing now with powerful processors like the Snapdragon 800 and Tegra 4. Processors like Tegra 5/6 will reach up to graphics of 360 and PS4 graphics, all being more power efficient than ever. There is no need for a desktop unless it's workstation stuff or high end gaming that cannot be achieved on a mobile device. Ultrabooks are also the new craze with their sleek design and powerful intel processors.

#8 Posted by osan0 (12373 posts) -

they are certainly overrated. they are grand for browsing dinternet and watching videos. but a laptop does those things better and a smartphone will do the same job for those times when its not practical to use a laptop.

there could be some pretty interesting games made for tablets but most are just quick and dirty ports of phone games.

from a gaming standpoint though i think they could be very interesting as a complimentary controller and second screen for many games. bit like xbox smartglass.

but as a standalone device its uses are limited.

#9 Edited by r-teest (947 posts) -

The hybrid laptop and tablet combo is the perfect device. Best of both worlds.

#10 Edited by insane_metalist (5788 posts) -

My phone can pretty much do everything that a tablet can. I look at it as a waste of money :p

#11 Edited by Cwagmire21 (5838 posts) -

Just got a new Nexus 7 for Christmas and I love it! I was watching Netflix on my phone and while it was doable, it's nice to have a bigger screen to watch in bed.

While I'll always use my desktop for gaming or work - I can't really take my desktop to the couch or bed. :P

I believe my wife paid under $300 for mine. I'd say for all it does that's not a bad price IMO.

#12 Posted by NVIDIATI (7329 posts) -

Windows 8.1 tablets using x86-64 hardware have started to hit the market.

Take for example the ASUS T100 for $350.

Specifications:

  • Windows 8.1 (x86) + Free Microsoft Office 2013 Home & Student
  • 10 inch 1366x768 IPS display
  • Intel Atom Z3740 (Bay Trail)
  • 2GB LPDDR3
  • 64GB eMMC
  • micro HDMI | micro SD | micro USB
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n | BT 4.0
  • Included keyboard dock with a full sized USB 3.0 [No battery]
  • 11 hour battery life (tablet only)
  • 1.2 lbs (tablet only) | 2.4 lbs (tablet + keyboard dock)
  • 10.4 x 6.7 x 0.41 inch (tablet only)
#13 Posted by IvanElk (3776 posts) -

If I could buy it and transfer office license I would be sold.